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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Justin F. Latcovich, 31, 1037 E. Center St., Johnsonburg, PA

Justin F. Lactovich
Justin F. Latcovich, 31, 1037 E. Center St., Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

Born May 21, 1981, in Ridgway, he was a son of Stephen F. and Christine M. Pawlk Latcovich. They survive. He was married to Julia A. Moriarity Aug. 30, 2008. She survives.

He had resided in northwestern Pennsylvania all of his life and had attended Triangle Tech.

Justin was a former employee of Walmart in the maintenance department. He loved his children and enjoyed boating, music and camping.

He is also survived by a son, Nathaniel X. Latcovich; a stepdaughter, Kylee R. Larkin of Johnsonburg; two sisters, Sarah A. (Joseph) McCurdy of North Charleroi and Jessica R. (Travis) Beimel of DuBois; aunt and uncle Daniel and Nora Latcovich of Erie; maternal grandmother, JoAnna M. (James) Frederick of Brockway; two great aunts, Barbara F. and Katherine M. Latcovich of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank A. and Beverly A. Latcovich; and his maternal grandfather, Charles T. Pawlk.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Thompson Funeral Home in Ridgway. A memorial service for Justin F. Latcovich will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Paul J. McCurdy, pastor of the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Leo Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship Church, PO Box 521, Ridgway, PA, 15853.

Bachman Benefit Sunday At Port Allegany Fire Dept.

Here is a picture of the rifle being raffled off at the benefit today. It starts at 4:00p. We are excited to see everyone come out! It's not too late to donate items for the Chinese Auction... drop them off at the station anytime between now and 4:00p.

Patricia L. Grimone, 82, of 37 S. Cherry St., Emporium, PA

Patricia L. Grimone, 82, of 37 S. Cherry St., Emporium died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on  Saturday (October 13, 2012) afternoon. 

She was born June 23, 1930 in Kane, a daughter of the late David and Grace Adams Austin.

On July 25, 1950 in Winchester, VA she married the late Frank H. Grimone.

Mrs. Grimone graduated from Bradford High School in the class of 1948. She retired from Pennsylvania Pressed Metals after over 10 years of employment.

Surviving
Son: Larry Grimone and his wife Criss, Emporium
Son: Dave Grimone, Emporium
Son: Matt Grimone and his wife Barb, Emporium
Son: Jim Grimone and his wife Wendy, Avondale, LA
Son: Frank Grimone and his wife Joan, Pinehurst, NC
6 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By
Parents: David and Grace Adams Austin
Husband: Frank H. Grimone
Grandson: Cash Grimone
3 Sisters: Eleanor Kolivoski, Edna Bailey & Ethel Glander
4 Brothers: Clarence, Gerald, Richard and Francis Austin

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium on Thursday from 4-6 PM followed by a  memorial service at 6:00 PM with Rev. Bruce Burkness, Pastor, St John's Lutheran Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430

 Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Young Female Dog Found In Roulette

A young female dog was found near the fire department in Roulette on Saturday. Please call Teacher's Pet Rescue (274-0383) for information.

Jane M. DANIELS, 68, of Gold, PA

Jane M. DANIELS, 68, of Gold, PA, died Saturday, October 13, 2012 in the Sweden Valley Manor Coudersport, PA. 

 Friends may call Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North, Genesee, PA 16923. 

A complete obituary will be announced. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

$ Change Scam Investigated In Genesee

State Police are looking for information on a Theft by Deception incident that occurred back in August at the Acorn Market at 108 N. Genesee Road, in Genesee, PA

Trooper James Culvey of the Coudersport barracks said the crime occurred at 7:28 PM on August 16. An individual came into the store and purchase two slices of pizza and paid for it with a $100. dollar bill. During the transaction, the individual repeatedly requested change in different denominations, causing the employee to become confused. It was later discovered that nearly $300. was missing from the cash drawer.

The individual involved was identified as a black male, about 50 to 60 years old, with gray hair and beard, and glasses. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, and a black baseball cap. He was accompanied by a black male, about 20 to 30 years old. Both individuals left the store parking lot in a gold colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler.

This incident was just reported to troopers on Thursday, but it is a classic scam that has relieved numerous stores of their money by confusing the clerks. Trooper Culvey warns retailers to make sure their clerks aware of the scam.

Anyone with any information on the persons involved in this incident are asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Galeton Rotary Club News

Galeton Rotary Club News
by Henry Lush
The Galeton Rotary Club met Thursday October 11 at the Ox Yoke Inn. President Beth Hoff presided. President Beth reported on the Sheffield, Pa. Woodsmen's show. It was a nice event, however, a very local affair. She did pick up some good ideas which may help the Rotary woodsmen's Show in August 2013. Beth also stressed the need to start working on volunteers now.

Sarah Garber will be starting working on a Rotary Interact Club in the high school.

Next week, David Castano, president of the Potter Co. Historical Society will speak about the tanneries in Potter Co. Tanneries played an important part of the economy of Potter Co. at the turn of the 19th century. Nationally, the leather industry, at that time, was the largest industry in nation..

Phyliss Conable reported that the Galeton Club has collect $1,500. To fight polio so far this year.

Rotarian, Bob Spencer gave a very interesting program about the history of snipers in the US military from the Revoluntionary war to the present time. Sgt York and Capt. McBride were heroes of the First World War and Carlos Halfcock was the hero sniper of the Vietnam War.

Bob Introduced Bill Merkle who is a distinguished marksman. There are only 3,000 distinguished marksmen in the US military. He showed the club his special sniper rifle.

Besides Mr.Merkle, Rick Moran from Philadelphia was also a guest. He recently moved in to the area.

Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil Oct. 15

Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil Oct. 15

October 11th, 2012
candlelight-vigil2Potter County’s domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention agency will sponsor a candlelight vigil at 6 pm Monday, Oct. 15, at the Coudersport Arboretum. 

A Way Out holds the quiet observance each year to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speakers will mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who are working to prevent it. 

A Way Out also welcomes volunteers to help the agency answer its 24-hour help line and assist with educational events and fundraising. More information is available at 274-0368.

Football: Coudersport 30, Smethport 7

 Football: Coudersport 30, Smethport 7

Coudersport wins on their homecoming night.



Chocolate Lab Looking For A Home

Looking for a good home for "Leif". He is a male full blooded chocolate Lab. He loves children and all other animals. 

 He loves to run and run and run. He is full of plenty of energy and needs a lot of space to run on. He is an inside dog, but can be an outside dog. He has a great personality!

 If interested in adopting Leif for free please call the owner at (814)486-0427 Lv a mess.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: 977 MOORE HILL RD
City: SHIPPEN
Cross Streets: HICKS RUN RD * SENECA DR

Agency: EMPORIUM AMBULANCE; CAMERON CO 14 FD 

10/13/2012 1:02:42 PM

SCANNER

Shots Fired in Downtown Bradford

Shots Fired in Downtown Bradford

Bradford City Police are investigating an incident where gunshots were fired early this morning in the area of Bushnell Street and Chautauqua Place. 

 They received the first reports of shots fired at about 4:45 a.m., and received several tips as to where they could find the person, or people, who fired the shots. During their search of 2 Bushnell Street they were not letting anyone in or out of the building. 

They have found the bullet casings and have closed off the area while they search for more evidence.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Electronics Recycling Notice

Electronics Recycling Notice
I can no longer take tv's/monitors due to due to future DEP regulations. I can still take towers, printers cell phones/li-ion batteries and other electronics. You can still drop off at 1102 Sartwell Creek Rd. next to church. 814-544-8905 if no answer leave message.
Gene Yentzer III

Found Dog

Found Dog

A young female dog was found on the Brookland Road in Coudersport on Friday.  Please call Teacher's Pet Rescue (274-0383) for information.

Roulette Ambulance To Atkins Road

A little before 10:00 am on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Atkins Road for a medical emergency.

You're Invited To George Baxter's 80th Birthday Celebration On Saturday, October 13th At The Port Allegany VFW

Halloween Party At Mosch's Tavern Friday, October 26th

Welcome To Galeton Sign Attacked

State Police are investigating a Criminal Mischief incident that occurred between October 1 and October 11, 2012 in Pike township.

Unknown actors fired arrows at the Welcome to Galeton sign on the east side of Galeton Boro.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Mark A. VanVolkenburg is the investigator.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ridgway man charged with aggravated assault

Man Accused of Trying to Hit Trooper,
Threatening Another with a Pen

A Ridgway man is charged with aggravated assault after swinging at one state trooper and threatening to stab another with a pen. 
  Police were attempting to serve a warrant on 55-year-old Randall Marconi Thursday afternoon at the intersection of routes 219 and 948 in Ridgway Township when he allegedly tried to run away, and then took the swing and made the threat. 

The troopers were able to subdue Marconi and take him into custody,
The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

Capitol Update
Friday, October 12, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
House Approves Bill to Raise Awareness of Lyme Disease

Residents Urged to Consider Lyme Disease Prevention This SummerThe House recently approved a bill designed to raise awareness of, and encourage better treatment for, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 272
would require health insurers to cover treatment of Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses if the diagnosis and a treatment plan are documented. In addition, the bill would require the creation of a task force to work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Health to create a statewide education effort on Lyme disease and related maladies.

Pennsylvania ranks No. 1 in the nation for reported cases of Lyme disease. The total number of reported cases increased from 5,722 in 2009 to 7,484 in 2010. House Bill 272 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

 
Penn-Brad Oil Museum Reopening

I was happy to attend last week’s rededication of the newly rebuilt Penn-Brad Oil Museum in Custer City. Here I am pictured with Meredith Fesenmyer, great-great granddaughter of Lewis Emery Jr. It is Mr. Emery’s Silsby Fire Engine that is on display at the museum. Be sure to stop by and check it out!
 
Public Hearing Examines Anti-Bullying Legislation

The House Education Committee held a public hearing this week on legislation aimed at strengthening state law to protect students from various forms of bullying while in school, at school-sponsored activities or in school vehicles, such as buses.

House Bill 2464 would require schools to include prohibitions for harassment, intimidation and cyber bullying, in addition to the current required prohibition against bullying.

In addition, the bill would require schools to enact a policy that must identify by job title the appropriate school staff person to receive reports of incidents of alleged bullying, and the school officials responsible for ensuring the policy is implemented.

In formulating the policy, the school would be responsible for including several interested parties in the process, including: students, parents, administrators, school staff, school volunteers, community representatives and local law enforcement agencies.
 
Volunteer Fire, Ambulance Service Grant Program Deadline Approaches

Only one week remains for first response organizations to apply for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP). The application period closes on Oct. 19.

The General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding. The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

During the last decade, $3.2 million has been awarded to about 40 volunteer fire and ambulance companies in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website.

Amateur Radio Event Set For Saturday, October 20, 2012

Announcement - for immediate release

Saturday October 20, 2012
There will be a brief introduction to amateur radio to be held
At the Big Run War Memorial building for anyone that is interested in learning more about what amateur radio is and what we as amateurs do and emergency communications.

This lecture will be held at 9 AM to be followed by the first ever all free amateur radio volunteer examination for all license classes.

All we ask is that if you would like to take the examination that you bring two forms of identification - drivers license, social security card is a must and a copy of your existing license if you wish to take a license upgrade exam.

Examination will begin approximately 10 AM.

This license exam is being brought to you by the Elk County Amateur Radio Association, the Punxsutawney Wireless Society and the Laurel Amateur Radio Club.

The address for the Big Run War Memorial is
123 East Main Street
Big Run, Pennsylvania

To pre register for the exam - which is optional - you can call 814 938 3498 or you can email me at
ab3nkham@yahoo.com
or
punxsutawney.wireless_society@yahoo.com
Everyone is welcome to attend!

We look forward to seeing you there...
Jerry Bosak - founder of the Punxsutawney Wireless Society

Howard E. Thompson, 91, of 18 Colonial Heights

Howard E. Thompson, 91, of 18 Colonial Heights, passed away, Thursday, October 11th, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born on January 14, 1921, in Ulysses, he was a son of the late Forrest and Myrtle (Monroe) Thompson.

On August 30, 1941 in Ulysses he married Marjorie J. (Cook) Thompson who survives him.

Mr. Thompson was a graduate of Ulysses High School. On May 31, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy, served during WW II and was honorably discharged on February 22, 1946. He had been employed at Crossett Trucking Company as a truck driver and later as a dispatcher, retiring in 1986.

He was a member of Wellsville Lodge #230 F&AM of Wellsville, in 2006 he transfered his membership to Bradford Blue Lodge #749. He was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Coudersport. Mr. Thompson was a former member and advisor for the McKean County 4-H Club for many years.

Surviving is his wife, Marge, of 71 years, a daughter, Sharon (Dave) Cullen, of Limestone, two sons, Ronald (Gail) Thompson of Bradford and Jack (Marian) Thompson, of Aliquippa, and a sister Beatrice L. Carey of Ponte Verda, FL, seven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son, Donald Thompson, one grandson, Captain Bradley J. Thompson, and a brother Robert L. Thompson.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday October 15, 2012. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery in Ulysses. Members of Blue Lodge #749 will conduct a masonic service at 6:00pm in the funeral home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Thompson Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

Thompson Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award
Centre County Farm Bureau Presents Award On Behalf of Pennsylvania
Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors  
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today received the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for supporting policies that help farmers attain greater profitability through less regulatory interference, expand farm trade opportunities, and increase demand for U.S. farm products.  The award was presented today by members of the Centre County Farm Bureau on behalf of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau, at Thompson's congressional district office in Bellefonte, Pa.

“Farming and all forms of agriculture are so important to our communities and families in Pennsylvania, and represent such a large part of our economy through employment, rural development, and an abundant, safe food supply," said Thompson. "Our local farmers and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau do a phenomenal job promoting agriculture in the Commonwealth, which is why it remains our state’s largest industry. I am proud to represent Pennsylvania’s farmers in Washington, and it's honor to receive this award."

“On behalf of our more than 55,000 farm and rural member families, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would like to thank Congressman Thompson for his support of agriculture and our rural way of life,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer.

“Representative Thompson is always accessible and willing to meet personally with local farmers in order to best represent the interests of agriculture, which we value in the local farming community,” said Centre County Farm Bureau President Dr. Daniel Kniffen.  “The Congressman understands the value of production agriculture, in feeding and supporting our communities but also the world, and with this award we thank him for his tireless work.”


Thompson was nominated for the award by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which was approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.  This is Thompson's second consecutive congressional term being honored for the award.

Thompson is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.   

Attached Photo: Thompson and members of the Centre County Farm Bureau including Sally Tanis (left), Vice President, Dr. Daniel Kniffen (right), President, and Dr. Ann Swinker (middle).

Volunteers Needed For Looking Glass Gift Shop


PITT-BRADFORD DEDICATES SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING WING IN HONOR OF HARVEY GOLUBOCK

PITT-BRADFORD DEDICATES SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING WING IN HONOR OF HARVEY GOLUBOCK


From left, Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Harry R. Halloran Jr., owner of American Refining Group; Harvey Golubock; and Craig Hartburg, chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board, unveiling a plaque that will designate the south wing of Fisher Hall on campus as the Harvey L. Golubock Wing. (Photo by Alan Hancock)
 
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford dedicated the south wing of its Fisher Hall science building Thursday in honor of Harvey L. Golubock, former chief executive officer of American Refining Group.

The “Harvey L. Golubock Science and Engineering Wing” was named in honor of Golubock for his service, contributions and generous support of Pitt-Bradford, especially in the area of energy studies. The dedication was made during the annual meeting of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board.

“As a longstanding member of the Advisory Board, Harvey has made enormous contributions to our campus financially and through his service and advocacy,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “We’re deeply grateful to Harvey for all he has done to help move our college forward.”

Golubock, who is currently president of ARG Resources, has served as a member of the Advisory Board for more than a decade and is currently serving as co-chairman of the $17.5 million 50 and Beyond campaign launched in March.

As CEO of ARG, Golubock led the transition of the Bradford refinery as it was sold by Witco Corp. to ARG in 1997. Under Golubock’s leadership, the refinery became profitable, and ARG became recognized as one of the best companies in Bradford to work for.

With the support of ARG’s owner, Harry R. Halloran Jr., Golubock developed a relationship between ARG and Pitt-Bradford that led to the establishment of the American Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran Jr. Energy Institute, a gift of 130 acres on West Corydon Street that doubled the physical size of the campus and the re-establishment of the petroleum technology program at Pitt-Bradford.

On a personal level, Golubock and his wife, Barbara, have endowed a scholarship for petroleum technology majors at Pitt-Bradford.

Golubock has said that his service is a way to repay the benefit of his own education through public colleges.

In 2008, Golubock and Halloran were honored with Pitt-Bradford’s Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor, for their contributions to Pitt-Bradford’s academic and physical growth.

Office of Inspector General Announces September 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Office of Inspector General Announces September 2012 Welfare Fraud Adjudications
Harrisburg –Eight Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or
were sentenced for their crimes during September, the Office of Inspector General
(OIG) announced today.

“Welfare fraud is a crime against all Pennsylvania taxpayers,” Inspector General
Kenya Mann Faulkner said. “Our office works to ensure those who commit this
crime are prosecuted and fully reimburse taxpayers.”

The following individuals were prosecuted and sentenced for fraudulently receiving
public assistance benefits:

· Lateesha S. Culbreath, 25, of Chester, Delaware County, received more than
$1,750 in cash assistance benefits. Culbreath was sentenced to 2 years
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Sonia Diaz-Vazquez, 35, of Lemoyne, Cumberland County, received more
than $25,200 in subsidized child care benefits. Diaz-Vazquez was sentenced
to 50 months probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Kodi G. Little, 30, of Altoona, Blair County, received more than $1,200 in
cash assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
benefits. Little was ordered to pay full restitution, costs, and fines.
· Jennifer M. Rodriguez, 35, of Reading, Berks County, received more than
$1,950 in cash assistance benefits. Rodriguez was sentenced to 5 years
probation and was ordered to pay full restitution and fines.
· Paul Shelgren, 56, of Youngsville, Warren County, received more than
$7,350 in cash assistance, medical assistance, and SNAP benefits. Shelgren
was ordered to pay full restitution, costs, and fines.
· Ashley M. Smith, 29, of Bradford, McKean County, received more than
$4,550 in SNAP benefits. Smith was sentenced to 5-23.5 months
incarceration, 300 hours community service and was ordered to pay full
restitution and costs.
· Deborah L. Stone, 48, of Williamsport, Lycoming County received more than
$1,400 in SNAP benefits. Stone was sentenced to 1 year probation and was
ordered to pay full restitution and costs.
· Teresa E. Younkin, 38, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, received more
than $2,000 in SNAP benefits. Younkin was sentenced to 2 years probation
and was ordered to pay full restitution and costs.

The Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is
responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection activities for
programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department of Public
Welfare.

The Office of Inspector General works with county assistance offices statewide to
identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and with local district attorneys
to bring the cases to prosecution.

Anyone found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence of seven
years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and program
disqualification.

The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned citizens. To
report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at 1-800-932-0582. Callers
may remain anonymous.

I-80 Columbia County bridges work zone weekly update

Travel Advisory
I-80 Columbia County bridges work zone weekly update

Here are the scheduled lane restrictions in the I-80 work zone around Mifflinville in Columbia County for next week.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 15 - 18, the westbound right lane will be closed on the new river bridge between miles 242 to 241 (Mifflinville and Berwick exits) in order to remove the parapet on the old westbound bridge.

With the bridges being close together and the potential for flying debris, a shield is needed on the new westbound bridge as a precaution during this operation.

As a reminder, the I-80 westbound Mifflinville on-ramp remains closed. This is due to merging traffic safety concerns in the narrowed two-lane area. The ramp detour remains in effect.

Update for Route 255 Project in St Marys, Week of Oct. 15

Update for Route 255 Project in St Marys, Week of Oct. 15

Saint Marys – Work to improve Route 255 in Fox Township and Saint Marys is continuing in a work zone that stretches from Route 948 in Fox Township to Tractor Supply Co. When the project completes in late summer 2013, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient.

Work stretches from Greenbriar Drive (Township Route 593) to the intersection at Tractor Supply Co.

Continued lane closures are to be expected in the work area. The northbound and southbound travel (right) lanes will be closed 24 hours a day/7 days a week until the work listed below is complete. The northbound and southbound passing lanes will remain open to through traffic.

Plans for the week of Oct. 15 include:
• The contractor will be placing topsoil behind the curb.
• Installation of signs.
• Installation of rumble strips in the median areas.

Motorists should allow for additional commute time due to periodic traffic congestion at the Walmart intersection and traffic signal. Please watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.

Overall work includes concrete repair, paving, installation of overhead signage, drainage improvements, concrete curbing, guide rail updates and pavement markings.

This project is expected to overlap with PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that will begin in 2013. That project will stretch from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120 in downtown St Marys. All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc. is the contractor on this $6.3 million project.

Dr. Nestor Kohut, 94, of Warren, PA

Dr. Nestor Kohut
Dr. Nestor Kohut, 94, of Warren, PA, died Friday morning, October 12, 2012. 

He was born December 4, 1917 in LVIV, Ukraine to the late Theodore and Olha Zelena Kohut. 

He has resided in Warren since 1969. He had been a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School, Class of 1957 where he earned his degree as a doctor of dentistry. He was employed as a dentist at the Warren State Hospital from 1969 until he retired there in January 1983. He was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Church. Nestor was a longtime volunteer at Warren General Hospital, one of the founding members of the Warren Stamp Club, a honorary member of the Warren Unit of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, former member of the Warren Dental Association and American Dental Association.

He is survived by his good friend, Patricia L. O’Dea and her children – Kathleen O’Dea-Wiles and husband, Kevin of Warren, PA., Karen McLaughlin and husband, George “Griz” of Youngsville, PA., Maureen Berg and husband, Stan of N. Warren, PA., 4 Grandchildren – Alex Berg, Lindsey Berg, Zachary McLaughlin and Ashley McLaughlin, 3 cousins in the USA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother – Vladimir Kohut. 

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Deacon Joseph Lucia. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made through American Heart Association, Hospice of Warren County or American Cancer Society. E-mail condolences may be made by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Nate R. Sedon, 20, of Warren, PA

Nate R.Sedon
Nate R. Sedon, 20, of Warren, PA, died as the result of a one car motor vehicle accident on Preston Hill Road, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. 

He was born July 31, 1992 in Warren, PA. He was a lifelong Warren area resident. Nate graduated from Warren Area High School Class of 2010 and attended Bradford College in Pittsburgh, PA. for Graphic Design.

He had a great love and passion for music and was the bass guitar player and song writer for his band, East Coast Rhythm.

He enjoyed paint ball battles, and lived his life to the fullest.

He is remembered as always being a giving, optimistic and kind soul who always had a charismatic smile on his face.

He is survived by his parents, Timothy and Tammy Haight Sedon of Conover, N.C., his high school sweetheart, Amanda Guthrie, 3 Sisters – Jessi Sedon-Essad and husband, Michael, Elizabeth Sedon all of Pittsburgh, PA., Kathy Sedon and Ben Visnic both of Morgantown, W.V., 1 Brother – Tim A. Sedon and Shayla, Chamberlain of Warren, PA., Maternal Grandparents – Ray and Elizabeth Ustach Hesch, Paternal Grandmother – Joan Sedon all of Warren, PA., Best Friends and roommates, Joel VanOrd, Bubba Sweet, and Doug Sigmund, several aunts, uncles, cousins.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother – Joseph Sedon, paternal grandfather, Richard Sedon, paternal great grandparents – Leopold and Hulda Sedon and Lawrence and Florence Griebel, Maternal Great Grandparents – Edward and Frances Ustach.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. and on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Warren State Hospital Interfaith Chapel from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. when a funeral service will be conducted there with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Interment will be St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Dr. Michael Kavounas Accepting Appointments


Assist Ambulance With Fall Victim

Assist Ambulance With Fall Victim
At 3:15 pm on Friday, Kane Fire Department has been requested to assist Kane Ambulance with a ladder truck for a fall victim at 207 Clay Street.

Marcellus Shale: Living With Risk Can Give You Gas

Research Study 'Tunes In' to Marcellus Shale
Through Stage Production

CLEARFIELD, PA – A live performance of a play that attempts to educate the audience on issues surrounding Marcellus Shale is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, at the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center.

Modeled after an old fashioned radio show, Marcellus Shale: Living with Risk Can Give You Gas, is part of a Penn State research project that examines how we perceive and understand the risks, rewards and uncertainties in natural gas development. The research is supported by the National Science Foundation. The show will both educate and entertain, as it features songs, sketches and live music, in the format of the classic live radio shows of the past.

"We want to explore how people are responding to information about Marcellus Shale development and how they determine whether to trust that information," said Bill Doan, Penn State professor of theatre.

The evening is also an opportunity for people to engage with several Penn State scientists with expertise in energy development, and with the artists involved in the production.

Marcellus Shale: Living With Risk Can Give You Gas is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact William Doan, at wjd13@psu.edu, or 814-863-0408. You can also write to marcellus@psu.edu, or call 814-865-1587.

Pauline F. Coldren, 96, E. Mill St., Port Allegany, PA

Pauline F. Coldren
Pauline F. Coldren, 96, E. Mill St., Port Allegany, PA, passed away Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) in the Bradford Nursing Pavilion.

Born December 18, 1915, in Petrolia, NY, she was a daughter of Carroll M. and Lulu M. Wentworth Richardson. On Jan. 21, 1936, in Limestone, NY, she married Carl R. Coldren, who died July 9, 2001. They were married 65 years.

She was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of the Bradford, High School, Class of “35”.

She was a member of the former Evangelical United Brethren Church of Coryville, Ladies Home Extension, Penn State University, and a former 4H leader.

Surviving are a son, Thomas C. (Ethel) Coldren of Smethport; two daughters, Anita P. (Richard) Grandinette of Bradford, Jane A. (David) Peterson of Kane; 7 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl, a son, Peter Z. Coldren, and two sisters, Lois Rink and Sarah Jane Bricko.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 14, 2012) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Lynn Ostrander, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials can be made to the S.W. Smith Library, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

PITT-BRADFORD TO HOST FALL OPEN HOUSES

PITT-BRADFORD TO HOST FALL OPEN HOUSES

BRADFORD Pa, — The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s admissions office will host two open houses this fall for high school students and their families.

The first will be held Oct. 20 beginning at 1 p.m. Visiting students will learn about campus life, financial aid, the admissions process and university academics. In addition, they’ll have a chance to meet faculty, staff and students.

“Open House events are an excellent opportunity for visitors to tour our campus and to decide if Pitt-Bradford is the right fit for them,” said Vicky Pingie, associate director of admissions.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, will welcome guests to Pitt-Bradford at the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall at 1 p.m. Members of a faculty forum will answer questions about academic programs, and members of a student panel will talk to students and families about campus life. Members of the admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions, and student ambassadors will provide tours of the campus.

The Open House will also include presentations from Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions, who will discuss the details of the admissions process, and Jason Honeck, assistant professor of athletic training, who will give a talk on college academics.

Registration for the open house will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Students who attend the Open House will have their application fee waived.

A second open house will be held Nov. 3. For those who cannot make the Saturday open houses, a First Friday admission session will be held on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. Students attending First Friday will be able to attend a presentation from the admissions office, a tour of the campus, and lunch in the dining hall.

For more information or to register for admissions events, visit www.upb.pitt.edu/visit.aspx or call the Admissions Office at 800-872-1787. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu

Extended Hours At Express Care Friday (today)


The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to award $19,832 to local arts organizations

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to award $19,832 to local arts organizations

The Elk County Council on the Arts in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the award of $19,832 in grants funds through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Program. The awarded grants will support arts activities in Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties taking place between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Elk County Council on the Arts, 237 Main St. Ridgway. Awardees, local and state officials have been invited to the event. The public is also welcome to attend.

The following organizations will receive grants for arts projects taking place in 2012/2013:


Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts
Austin Dam Memorial Association
Elk County Summer Concert Series Committee
Fox Township, Bicentennial Celebration
Hamlin Memorial Library
Julie Mader
Oil Region Alliance, Neilltown Church Concert Series
Once Upon A Christmas
Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living
Ridgway Free Library Association
Village Voices of Brockway


What is the PPA?
Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) is a regionalized funding program of the PCA. A total of seventeen local PPA Partners serve all 67 counties in Pennsylvania by re-granting funds to support a wide variety of local and community arts activities. Since the implementation of the PPA in 1997, the PCA has been able to steadily expand the availability of support to many new communities. By providing local administration, technical support and a streamlined application process, PPA has created unprecedented access to state arts funding.

The PPA goals include:
*Expanding constituent access to the arts by (a) making arts programs available to communities that may have been underserved in the past by state arts funding and (b) supporting a wide variety of local and community arts activities;
*Encouraging and supporting local decision-making in the re-granting of state arts dollars;
*Increasing awareness of and advocacy for government support and funding of the arts at the local and state levels; and
*Enabling the PCA to provide increased assistance to its broad constituency throughout the state.

Phillip J. “Phil” Fuller, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA

Phillip J. Fuller
“beloved husband and father”

Phillip J. “Phil” Fuller, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, October 12, 2012 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born February 24, 1942 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Lawrence L. and Winnona E. “Nonie” Austin Fuller. On October 4, 1979 in Port Allegany, he married Laurie L. Baker, who survives.

He attended Shinglehouse High School. Mr. Fuller was a longtime employee of PennDot and was the owner and operator of Fuller’s Wood Pellet Sales in Shinglehouse.

He attended Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Church in Coudersport. He and his wife ran the former Blessing Shop in Shinglehouse, which was a ministry of providing clothing for the needy.

He loved his animals and his family. His greatest love was his Lord.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Andrea L. (Arnie) White of Olean, Angela R. (Rich Croft) Fuller of Hinsdale, and Alison J. (Jim Stiles) Fuller of Olean; a son, James E. Pesock of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren, Jeremy Stiles, Heidi Rickard, and Nicholas Putt; two nephews; and many cousins.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Fuller was predeceased by a son, Chad E. Pesock; and a brother, Lawrence C. “Larry” Fuller.

Friends are invited to attend graveside funeral and burial services at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in the Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joyful Rescues, 1319 Turock Drive, Cuba, NY 14727.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
A fond memory of Phil may be made at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Regional Landlord Association to Meet

Regional Landlord Association to Meet

 The North Central PA Landlord Association will have service providers information night at Luigi’s Restaurant in DuBois on October 18th  at 7:00pm.  Please join us at 6:00 for dinner, Dutch treat. 
The group is dedicated to the education of landlords in the region.  Please call Amy Auman @ 814-389-4440 with questions on this program or on the organization.

Small Games Of Chance Seminar Set For Tuesday, Oct. 16th

Acting County Treasurer Mary Jo Sherwood 
 has announced that on October 16, 2012, there will be a Small Games of Chance seminar presented to all license holders. 

The seminar will take place at the McKean County Courthouse at 6:30pm. 

Sergeant James A. Jones Jr., District Office Commander of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, will be the guest speaker.

Missing Person Has Been Located

The missing hunter has been located

Soccer - Coudersport over Smethport 2-1

Soccer - Coudersport over Smethport 2-1
Pictures will be at http://sunkenbranch.zenfolio.com/coudysmethsoccer12

Fire Alarm At Dunham's Sports/NO FIRE/FALSE TRIP

ALARMS-COMMERCIAL
Address: 863 S SAINT MARYS ST. AT DUNHAMS SPORTS STORE
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: HALLER RD * FORD RD
RESPOND WITH 1 ENGINE--NO FIRE FOUND
Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD
10/12/2012 12:50:45 PM

Disability Awareness Fair Provides Connections to Opportunity

Disability Awareness Fair Provides
Connections to Opportunity

DuBOIS – A disability Awareness Fair held this week in the gymnasium at Penn State DuBois provided a venue for people with disabilities and their families to connect with others who can help them to meet their life goals. The one day event hosted by Penn State DuBois Disability Services, in conjunction with the advocacy group, The Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties, was organized with the aim to educate others on the various disabilities and services available, and to offer resources to those in need of disability services and supports. The event was free and open to everyone.

"We want to make people more aware of the challenges faced by people of different ability levels, and what they can do for people with disabilities," said Diana Kreydt, campus disability services coordinator.

Representatives from dozens of area service organizations and agencies were on hand at the fair to answer questions, or provide general information, face-to-face, about the services they offer and their roles in providing assistance to those with disabilities.
The fair also featured displays of some of today's assistive technologies, provided by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

Additionally, some local businesses were there for recruitment purposes, promoting the employment opportunities they offer for people of all capabilities.

"We're looking for individuals to work in our warehouse, sorting goods, and getting items into our stores," said Shane Dietz, a community resource specialist with Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania. "This event has helped us reach out to people. We're finding people looking for work."


Roberta Wingard, a caseworker with Skills of Central Pennsylvania, works with people who have disabilities, helping them to adjust and grow in their community. She came to the Disability Awareness Fair with a client who she's helping to become more independent.

"By coming here, we can see what the programs are that can help us; what they offer." Wingard said. "We're finding resources here, and making contacts to help make the right choices."

This program was funded, in part, with funds given to The Arc from the CMS Medicaid Infrastructure Grant.

Photo: Community Resource Specialist Shane Dietz provided information on employment opportunities at Goodwill Industries during the Disability Fair.

Recalls

10/11/2012 06:12 PM EDT
As an update to the 09/27/2012 press release by Oregon Ice Cream Company in Eugene, Oregon, additional lot codes are now included in this recall. Oregon Ice Cream Company is issuing this voluntary recall linked to the Sunland, Inc recall to minimize the risk to the public health.



10/12/2012 11:08 AM EDT
Due to the ongoing Sunland Inc. nationwide peanut recall, Justin’s today announced expansion of its voluntary recall of certain peanut butter products. For more information on the Sunland recall, please see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/SunlandNutSeedProductRecalls/default.htm) or read Sunland’s official statement at: http://www.sunlandinc.com/788/html/pdfs/SunlandRecall.pdf.

10/12/2012 01:52 PM EDT
JagRma LLC of San Diego, CA is doing a Limited Voluntary recall on it’s 16oz NuttZo Original (Blue Label/UPC code 894697002030) manufactured in Oct and November 2011 with “Best Buy Dates 10/7/12-12/31/12 stamped on lid or bottom of jar,” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

UPDATE ON NATE BROOKENS

UPDATE ON NATE BROOKENS

 In the last 7 days, Nate has had what could, at first, appear to be two major setbacks. Early last Saturday morning, he suffered a seizure which earned him a bed in ICU for the remainder of the weekend. He was quickly stabilized and seemed to return to his “new normal.” Earlier this week they sent him back to his room on the 6th floor, so his mailing address remains the same. Yesterday, (Thursday) he had surgery on his L shoulder. It was dislocated in the accident, and although they popped it back in, it came out again, and nobody caught it. An issue we choose not to belabor at this writing. Unfortunately, the body does what it must when issues are ignored. Due to that oversight, doctors say the shoulder will probably continue to pop out, and when Nate gets back into Life, he will be a candidate for shoulder replacement surgery. But even that is a priority for down the road. His therapy is now quite limited for the next two weeks until the shoulder heals enough to allow it.

However, that being said, we have faith in a Great God, who is More Than Able to overcome the failures of man. We have faith in a Great God who, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to interrupt Nate’s ongoing therapy with first the seizure, and now the surgery. There is a reason, one that we are not aware, but He is aware, and He is all over this. We don’t just believe, we know that what seems like two major “setbacks” are not setbacks at all. And I ask those who do pray for Nate, that instead of praying, you PRAISE God for what He is doing to accelerate Nate’s recovery. Great things are yet to be seen! Amen.

Please remember to stop in at the Benefit Yard Sale and Bake Sale going on at the Two Mile Inn, Rte. 155N (just outside of town toward Olean) Port Allegany, all day Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We will all be wearing our “Toolbox” T-shirts! The shirts were created by Nate’s Air Force buddies at Ft. Moody, Valdosta, GA at their own expense and sold on the Fundraiser website: http://www.gofundme.com/13v5jw for $10 each, all proceeds of which went to help Beth and her family stay the course. A few extra t-shirts may still be available.

Our entire family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued prayers and support.

God bless you,

Ann DeHaven

Coudersport Ambulance To E. 2nd Street

At 11:04 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been called to East 2nd Street for a medical emergency.

...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT SATURDAY...

...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT SATURDAY. THE
FREEZE WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TEMPERATURES...FROM THE MID 20S TO AROUND 30.

* TIMING...LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...SENSITIVE PLANTS WILL LIKELY BE DAMAGED OR KILLED IF
NOT PROTECTED OR BROUGHT INDOORS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE
FORECAST TO THREATEN OUTDOOR PLANTS. THOSE WITH AGRICULTURAL OR
GARDENING INTERESTS IN THE WARNED AREA ARE ADVISED TO HARVEST OR
PROTECT TENDER VEGETATION. POTTED PLANTS NORMALLY LEFT OUTDOORS
SHOULD BE COVERED OR BROUGHT INSIDE.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Party At Mosch's Tavern Friday, October 26th

You're Invited To George Baxter's 80th Birthday Celebration On Saturday, October 13th At The Port Allegany VFW

Hazel's Auto Sales Has Some Great Buys On Vehicles





This cute little guy was meowing from the storm drain

This cute little guy was meowing from the storm drain in front of my house on N. West Street. 

He looks to be maybe 6 weeks old. He was cold and very hungry.

 If you are missing this sweet boy or would like to give him a loving FOREVER HOME....please call Jess @ 814-203-7202. Thanks

Lost Cat

Lost Cat

 Lost by owner in area of Coudersport Animal Health Center, a Tortise shell color cat. Very shy and timid. If seen please call 814-435-8162. Leave message and location of where seen. Thank you.

Olean Teen Unhurt When Vehicle Hits Ceres Bridge

An Olean teenager escaped injury when his 2003 Chevrolet Express lost traction on the wet roadway Wednesday night and spun into the Ceres bridge on Route 44, striking it twice.

Xavier M. Smith, 17, of Olean, NY, was wearing his lap and shoulder belt in the 10:20 PM crash.

Trooper Andrew Brothers, of the Kane barracks who investigated, said Smith was traveling northbound on Route 44 in Ceres Township, McKean County, negotiating a right turn on wet roadways when his vehicle drifted over the double yellow line. Smith made an abrupt steering correction, which in turn caused the rear tires to break traction, letting the vehicle begin to fishtail. I then traveled back across the yellow lines, impacting the northbound bridge wall with it's right rear. After initial impact, the vehicle traveled back across the yellow lines, impacting the southbound bridge wall with it's right front, where it bounced off the wall and came to rest facing in a southern direction.

Smith was cited for Driving On Roadways Laned For Traffic. 

Bolivar Fire Department and Ambulance responded and assisted at the scene as well as Trooper Eric Tavernier of the New York State Police. The crash occurred just over the border into Pennsylvania.


Minor Injuries In Rt. 46 Rollover Crash Near Emporium On Wednesday

Two downstaters and a Delaware woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday when the 2006 Chevrolet Mailbu they were traveling in hit an embankment and rolled several times on Route 46 in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Arthur L. Heisey, 67, of Jonestown, PA, the driver, and his passengers, Lynn A. Heisey, 57, of Jonestown and Anita J. Schools, 55, of Lewes, DE, were all transported to Elk County Regional Meidcal Center by Emporium Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers said all three were wearing lap & shoulder belts.

Trooper Michael Meko said the crash too place as Heisey was driving southbound on Rt. 46, 623 feet south of North Creek Road, when Heisey fell asleep and his vehicle drifted off the roadway and onto the shoulder, up an embankment where it subsequently rolled over multiple times, coming to rest in a drainage ditch, 405 feet from the initial point of the crash.

Emporium Fire Department responded to the crash which was dispatched as having entrapment. State Police cited Heisey with Careless Driving.


State Impact--Laurie Barr---Hunting For Hidden Wells

If you want to find evi­dence of Pennsylvania’s long his­tory of oil and gas drilling, a good place to start is in Lau­rie Barr’s back yard. Behind Barr’s house, a few rusty pipes stick out of the ground, aban­doned entry points to wells drilled long ago. 

Until recently, Barr had no inkling that aban­doned wells could be dan­ger­ous. She dec­o­rated one of the pipes in her back­yard with a bird feeder. Then Barr heard about a how a house in Brad­ford, McK­ean County, blew up.   State reg­u­la­tors cen­tered their inves­ti­ga­tion of the 2011 inci­dent on gas from an aban­doned well, drilled in 1881, located about 300 feet from the home.

“I thought, whoa, what the f—?” Barr recalls. “Can you imag­ine step­ping out to shovel snow, and your whole house goes poof?”
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Part 1: Why aban­doned wells are a problem
Info­graphic: How aban­doned wells can con­tribute to methane migration
Part 2: How many wells dot Penn­syl­va­nia, and why aren’t we plug­ging more of them?
Map: Known aban­doned wells in Pennsylvania
Part 3: How to track down an aban­doned well
Part 4: States don’t do much to reg­u­late drilling near aban­doned well.
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Ever since, Barr has made hunt­ing down aban­doned wells her life’s call­ing. She read every study about aban­doned wells that she could get her hands on. She began study­ing old prop­erty records and hik­ing through woods to find aban­doned wells. Ear­lier this year, she launched an online “scav­enger hunt,” encour­ag­ing oth­ers to look for wells, and pass along their loca­tions and information.

The state Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion can use the help. Across north­ern and west­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, an esti­mated 200,000 aban­doned wells are unac­counted for. The  under­funded state pro­gram in charge of find­ing and plug­ging those wells has iden­ti­fied only 8,255 of them.

The infor­ma­tion gap is a prob­lem, because aban­doned wells are dangerous.

Aban­doned wells pro­vide path­ways for methane gas to seep to the sur­face, where it can, under the right set­tings, trig­ger explo­sions. That’s what hap­pened in Brad­ford. So home­own­ers in areas where a lot of wells have been drilled  have a com­pelling rea­son to know whether aban­doned wells are located nearby.

The energy indus­try has a com­pelling rea­son, too, with all the new drilling going on in Penn­syl­va­nia. Active drilling oper­a­tions don’t often cross paths with an old well, but when they do the results can be dra­matic. In Tioga County this sum­mer, a well Shell was drilling is believed to have inter­acted with an aban­doned well drilled in 1932, pro­duc­ing a 30-foot geyser of gas and water that sprayed out of the ground for more than a week.

Yet the where­abouts of the vast major­ity of these old wells remains a mys­tery. Time has marched on in the decades since the wells were first drilled. Trees and brush have cov­ered their holes. Scrap col­lec­tors have pried metal cas­ing — often the most obvi­ous sign of a well’s pres­ence — out of the ground. And towns and cities have been built on top of them. Read more..

2011 Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Still Accepted

2011 Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Still Accepted

October 11th, 2012
feb18taxrentrebateApplication deadline for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, covering 2011 expenses, has been extended to Dec. 31. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid last year. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.
Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels (excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits):
  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
Residents must provide all income, property tax or rental information required to process claims. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available online through the Pa. Dept. of Revenue, at revenue.state.pa.us.

Fire Prevention and Safety Awareness

Keating Township Citizens Committee Formally Organizes

Keating Township Citizens Committee Formally Organizes
The Keating Township Citizens Committee held its first official organizational meeting on October 9th, 2012.

John Stratton assumed the office of President; Gary Herzog, Vice President; Tom Ford, Secretary; Frank Tanner, Treasurer. Directors appointed were Emery Gallup, Al Fitzsimmons, Nelson Tanner, Jim McKean, Don Vandermark, Margaret Vandermark, Lu Vandermark, and Eileen McKean.

The primary goal of the Keating Township Citizens Committee is to promote and assist in the implementation of the best overall sewer system at the lowest possible price for the citizens of Keating Township.

During the past several months the committee has been looking into alternatives for the current Keating Township sewer plan, which many residents believe to be inferior in scope and significantly overpriced. Recently, members of the committee have met with officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Smethport Borough Water and Sewer Authority, and the Foster Township supervisors. These meetings have been encouraging from the standpoint that several attractive alternatives may exist and should be considered for possible implementation. Potential revisions to Keating Township’s ACT 537 Plan may also be recommended.

The Keating Township Citizens Committee plans to hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 during which specific inquiries and recommendations will be formulated for presentation to the Keating Township Board of Supervisors and its engineering firm. 

Any Keating Township residents who are interested in joining this group can contact one of the individuals listed above.

Frances Ermina “Mina” McCoy, 91, of Warren, PA

McCoy
Frances Ermina “Mina” McCoy, 91, of Warren, PA. died Thursday morning, October 11, 2012 at the Golden Living-Walnut Creek, Erie, PA. after a 6 month illness. She was born July 2, 1921 in Wynona, OK to the late Henry and Elizabeth Buchheit Lorenz. 

She was a Warren area her entire life. She is fondly remembered as a great mother and grandmother, who always put everybody else first. She would always bake four loaves of homemade bread when family would get together. She was an avid walker, enjoyed baking, reading and traveling. She celebrated her 80th birthday in Hawaii. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and had worked many election days at voting polls.

Mina is survived by 10 children – Mike (Barb) McCoy of Alamo, CA., Mary (Michael) Michalechen of Christiana, PA., Joe (Rene) McCoy, Pat (Stacey) McCoy, Tim McCoy all of Erie, PA., Dan McCoy of Warren, PA., Bobbie (Tim) Howell of Pittsfield, PA.,

Terry McCoy of Erie, PA., Ann (Dallas) McHenry of Warren, PA., Neil (Gayle) McCoy of Erie, PA., 1 Sister – Phyllis Dunham of Pleasantville, PA., 1 Brother – Bill Lorenz of Warren, PA., 25 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. McCoy who died July 8, 1977 whom she married September 22, 1945 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Warren, PA., 1 Son – John McCoy who died December 31, 1991, 2 Brothers – John and Dick Lorenz, 2 Sisters – Bette Lorenz, Mary Billsbourgh. 

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. by Deacon Joseph Lucia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, October 15, 2012 at St. Joseph R.C. Church with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph Church Educational Center Fund, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com